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A’s beat Cardinals playing NL baseball

first_imgST. LOUIS — Once the Oakland A’s started playing National League baseball Tuesday night, they beat one of the league’s best — historically and this season — at its own game.A double-switch by manager Bob Melvin in the bottom of the fourth inning set the stage for fireworks — back-to-back home runs and then a two-run double, by pinch hitting slugger Khris Davis — in the top of the fifth en route to a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the interleague game at Busch Stadium.Oakland …last_img read more

Govt to act to protect SA from crisis

first_img“With the economic crisis, lower demand has precipitated a scaling down of production, the creation of jobs has been negatively affected, and in some sectors retrenchment has become a reality,” Motlanthe noted. “These difficulties have coincided with a period in which inflation and interest rates are still too high.” The President said he was optimistic that South Africa would be less severely affected by the crisis than many other countries, due to the country being transformed through fundamental macroeconomic reforms that, since 1994, had opened the way for the majority of South Africans to participate in the mainstream economy. He said the government and its social partners had agreed to devise interventions to minimise the impact of the crisis. Thirdly, the President said, the private sector should take “mitigating” steps to counteract excessive investment slowdown and unnecessary closures of production lines or plants. “We shall also continue to pay special attention to the challenge of anti-competitive behaviour on the part of some of our corporations,” Motlanthe said, at the same time urging civil society to “enhance its own level of activism to ensure … that as input prices decline, the benefit is felt by the population.” As a result, Motlanthe said, South Africa, along with most other countries, had been forced to tone down its growth and job-creation forecasts, as well as its revenue expectations. The South African government and its social partners are considering various interventions to help minimise the impact of the global economic crisis on the country. “Secondly, we will intensify public sector employment programmes,” Motlanthe told Parliament. This would involve finding ways of expanding employment in health, social work, education and law-enforcement, as well as speeding up the introduction of the next phase of the Expanded Public Works Programme. “Firstly, government will continue with its public investment projects, the value of which has increased to R690-billion for the next three years,” Motlanthe said. Fourthly, the government would sustain and expand its social spending, including progressively extending access to the child support grants to children up to the age of 18, and reducing the age of eligibility for old age pensions to 60 years for men. Delivering his state of the nation address at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town on Friday, President Kgalema Motlanthe said the crisis posed a serious danger to South Africa’s economy, which is strongly integrated into the world economy. Private sector ‘mitigating’ steps The government would also use the Social Relief of Distress Grant and food security measures more widely, in part to help people who were unprotected by the Unemployment Insurance Fund or who had exhausted their benefits.center_img For its part, government would adapt industrial financing and incentive instruments to help deal with challenges in various sectors, and also encourage development finance institutions to help firms in distress. Other alternatives are also to be explored, the President said, including longer holidays, extended training, short time and job-sharing. This would be combined with promoting the Proudly South Africa campaign and taking stronger action on illegal imports. Sustaining social spending Motlanthe said the government would continue to ensure that government borrowing levels remained prudent and sustainable, and pursue rapid reduction in debt levels whenever conditions turned for the better. Public investment and employment Government debt levels Zoopy TV: People flocked to the streets to observe South Africa’s President and Members of Parliament report for duty at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town on 6 February. Click arrow to play video. 6 February 2009 Where necessary, he added, the government would “find creative ways” to fund its infrastructure expansion projects. This would include support from South Africa’s development finance institutions, loan finance from international agencies, partnerships with the private sector, and the use of resources controlled by workers, such as pension funds. “Indeed, in a period in which others are experiencing or projecting recessions, South Africa and the rest of the continent are still poised for growth, even if at a slower rate,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Indian Wells: Ailing Serena Williams out, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal move on

first_imgSerena Williams leaves the court, retiring with a medical issue, during her match against Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Serena Williams’ return to tennis after a five-week break ended early with her retiring from the BNP Paribas Open because of a viral illness Sunday.Williams raced to a 3-0 lead over two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza in their third-round match before dropping six straight games and the first set, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end It’s the second time in four years that Williams has withdrawn from the tournament. She returned to the desert in 2015 after a 15-year boycott. That year she reached the semifinals before withdrawing against Simona Halep. She missed 2017 because of pregnancy.Rafael Nadal breezed past American Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-1 and Roger Federer beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5 in the second round.Federer saved six of seven break chances against the German after losing just two points on his serve in the first set.“If I maybe would have served a little bit better, I think things would have gone faster,” Federer said. “But at the end it was a tough second set, and it’s maybe also exactly what I needed.”Federer has reached the final of the desert tournament in his last four appearances, winning two years ago. In all, he owns five titles at Indian Wells. He won his 100th career title in Dubai last week.Halep, the No. 2 seed, needed nearly two hours to beat qualifier Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the third round.Kozlova led 6-5 and was within two points of winning the first set before Halep forced a tiebreaker in their first meeting. Halep dominated the tiebreaker, urged on by a large contingent of Romanian fans at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, moved on with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Stefanie Voegele. Andreescu reached the semifinals in Mexico last week.“If someone would have told me I would have gone to the third round of this tournament at the beginning of the year, I would have said, ‘You’re crazy,’” Andreescu said. “This is one of the best tournaments in the world, so I’m just really, really happy.”Other seeded men’s winners were: No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 8 John Isner, No. 10 Marin Cilic, No. 12 Karen Khachanov, No. 14 Daniil Medvedev, No. 22 Kyle Edmund, No. 25 Diego Schwartzman and No. 32 Guido Pella. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No. 16 Fabio Fognini and No. 20 David Goffin were beaten.On the women’s side, No. 7 Kiki Bertens and No. 18 Qiang Wang advanced. LATEST STORIES “It’s really a weird feeling because I don’t feel like I won the match point and well done, good match,” Muguruza said. “It was just like, ‘Man, we’ll play next time.’”The Spaniard credited Williams for being “very dominating” from the start of the match.“I had to adapt a little bit my position in the court, the way I was hitting, and it took me a few games to kind of do it,” Muguruza said. “Once I did it, I felt much more comfortable.”Williams was playing her first tournament since the Australian Open in late January, when she lost in the quarterfinals.After a first-round bye in Indian Wells, she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-3 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “By the score, it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically,” Williams said in comments distributed by tournament officials.During the changeover between sets, Williams called for a trainer. She went back out and lost the first game of the second set. The match was soon declared over and Williams walked off the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Before the match, I did not feel great and then it just got worse with every second; extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue,” Williams said. “I will focus on getting better and start preparing for Miami.”Muguruza is the only player to have beaten both Serena and Venus Williams in tournament finals. 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